Another blogger, this time Korean Park Dae-sung, who blogs under the nom-de-plume,“Minerva”, was arrested last week in South Korea and charged with spreading false information over the internet.
It appears that “Minerva” has been blogging with astounding accuracy about the world’s economic collapse. Unemployed and a self educated economics aficionado, he reportedly prognosticated the devastating demise of Lehman Brothers. He has also been critical of the South Korean’s handling of the economic crisis. Mr. Dae-sung blogged using the portal Daum, the parent company of search engine Lycos.
Mr. Dae-sung who has plead not guilty is currently detained without bail and if convicted, could get a jail term of up to five years or a fine of up to 50 million won or $37,000 USD.
As with the case of Hossein Derakhshan, (Hoder) in Iran, this is yet another attempt by government authorities to quash the freedom of blog-speech.
The Last Person Left again calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Minerva and Hoder.